The Problems of Growing Aubergines in Britain’s Gardens

Aubergines were used to be called “love apple” in England because it was believed to have aphrodisiac qualities.  In Northern Europe, they are called “mad apple” because they believe eating it would make one insane.

But whether you love aubergines or hate them, growing this purple bulbs in Britain’s garden is not as easy as one imagines them to be.  Although they are relatively easy to cultivate, doing so in Britain faces a couple of challenges.

Climate

 

Aubergines thrive only in warm areas – quite the opposite from Britain’s cold climate.  Growing them in the garden, although still possible, becomes a bit tricky.

They will need to be planted in a sheltered position and provide them some form of protection.  Putting bricks around the base of the plant would help.

During the day while it’s still relatively hot, the bricks would absorb the heat and give them off at night when the temperature goes down.  Prolonged exposure to cold would stunt the growth off aubergines and cause its flowers to fall off.

Plastic mulch in the soil also helps.

Timing

When you plant them is also crucial.  If you have a heated greenhouse, growing them won’t be much of a problem.  If you don’t, the problem starts.

Plant the aubergines out too soon and the occasional spring frosts might kill them.  Plant them too late and they might not have enough time to bear fruit owing to their long growing season (about 90 to 150 days).

It’s imperative to plant the aubergines in just the right time.  From indoors, you can move the plants in a heated greenhouse in April.  If you are transferring them in an unheated greenhouse, do it during the first week of May.

If you want to grow them in your garden, transplant early in June.

Use whatever you can to keep them warm and healthy – row covers, black plastic mulch and Walls o’ Water.

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